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  •  Well I'm glad that *you* thought it was fake... (3+ / 0-)
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    mike101, Unduna, kurt

     . . . but I'd wager that to the great, vast majority of those who view -- whether with a discerning or casual eye -- that cover, it did not look faked-up.  I would have never known and I do a bit of photography myself.

     Furthermore, a magazine cover photo is intended to advance the cover story.  It's obvious that the story The Economist, with it's faked-up photo, was trying to advance was that of a downcast, perhaps beaten, President.  Which had nothing to do with the actual shot.

     Finally, intention is everything (or much of everything).  If the publisher intends to show a freaky, fakey, just for fun photo, obviously doctored photo that'll give the viewer a chuckle or pause, that's one thing.  If the publisher intends to fake-out the public, especially to advance a (dubious, political) narrative, that's something else entirely.  And it's beneath contempt.

    "I have to go now. I feel . . . sticky." Anthony Bourdain

    by BenGoshi on Mon Jul 05, 2010 at 09:56:04 AM PDT

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